‘Helping Neighbors’ Glides Toward Finish Line, But There's Still Time To Help The Family Pantry Of Cape Cod

By: Alan Pollock

Topics: Hunger

In tiny printing, a woman penned a simple note of thanks to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, and that note tells the whole story.

Year after year, season after season, the Pantry provides more than just nutritious food. It serves up compassion and dignity.

Thanks to generous Cape Cod Chronicle readers, the 2019 holiday Helping Neighbors drive has already surpassed its $50,000 fundraising goal. But it’s not too late to push the campaign toward a record-setting year for the Pantry, which is seeing increased demand for its services each year. Before Helping Neighbors comes to a close on New Year’s Eve, you can help put nutritious meals on the table for local families in need.

“It hasn’t been an easy year for local businesses and residents,” Cape Cod Chronicle Publisher Henry C. Hyora said. There’s no sign of relief from the high cost of living, and many year-rounders still struggle to make ends meet. “And having a tornado on one of the busiest weeks of the visitor season didn’t help,” he said. But once again, our readers pitched in with contributions of all sizes. “Every one of those donations is a vote of confidence in the Family Pantry,” Hyora said.

Particularly successful this year was the annual holiday gift guide cover art auction, which raised more than $700 for the campaign. The winning bidder for “Wreath Raising at Chatham Light” by Kassie Foss won the auction at $432, and the high bidder on William Lutz’ “Herring River Christmas” bid $350 – but donated another $50 to bring the amount to the $400 retail value of the painting. Both winning bidders are summer residents.

To make your contribution through the Helping Neighbors campaign before the Dec. 31 deadline, click here or send a tax-deductible donation to The Family Pantry, 133 Queen Anne Rd., Harwich, MA 02645 (please write ” Helping Neighbors ” in the memo line). Donors can also text “Hunger” to 80100 to give $20, or text “Pantry” to 80100 to give $10. To learn about other ways to help, or to find out how to receive assistance, call 508 432-6519 or visit www.TheFamilyPantry.com.